The Missouri Attorney General’s Office says a Kansas City area contractor will be ordered to pay back over $26,000 in restitution to Missourians who paid him for work that was never performed.
Brian S. Pummell was charged with 3 counts of felony deceptive business practices in March of 2020 for defrauding customers with business associated with Houston’s Contruction. According to the documents filed with the case, Pummell promised to perform construction work on detached garages and pole barns in exchange for advance payments. While the payments were taken, the work was never performed.
He pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced last week. The Attorney General’s office says Pummell repaid $7,000 to his victims and was ordered by the Court to pay an additional $10,894 in restitution within the next 6 months. Pummell has also agreed to pay another $8,378 in restitution, bringing the total restitution amount to $26,272, which will be used to reimburse his victims across the state.
Consumers who believe they may have been scammed by a contractor should file a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office by calling the Consumer Protection hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a complaint online at ago.mo.gov.